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Bright Network
Diversity & Inclusion Conference 2017

27 March 2017     London
155 Bishopsgate,
London EC2M 3YX

Put your firm’s commitment to diversity at the top of the agenda with Bright Network’s exclusive inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Conference.

This event will help you access an exceptional talent pool, identifying future leaders for your business from underrepresented groups, while positioning your firm as a pioneer in social mobility, diversity and inclusion.

The Issue
The UK’s leading employers struggle to connect with and employ bright graduates from diverse backgrounds. Research into diversity and inclusion shows that:

  • More BAME students feel their background and lack of a network are a barrier to securing a graduate role compared to the average undergraduate (Source: Bright Network Research 2016/17)
  • BAME men think it’s 16% more important to secure a graduate role than achieve a top grade at university compared to the average undergraduate (Source: Bright Network Research 2016/17)
  • Men are 13% more confident than women they can pursue any career path they wish (Source: Bright Network Research 2016/17)

This is both a moral issue about our society being a just and fair place, and an economic one with the UK’s leading employers not fully benefitting from this exceptional talent pool. As a result the economy grows slower, producing fewer jobs and tax revenue.

The Conference
The graduate careers network Bright Network will connect leading employers with over 250 undergraduates from underrepresented groups at its first Diversity & Inclusion Conference on Monday 27th March.

The conference is designed for firms which want to engage the brightest undergraduate talent, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Confirmed sponsors include AccentureBaillie GiffordBank of America Merrill Lynch, E.ON, London Business School, Bank of England, BP, London Stock Exchange Group, Unlocked and Vodafone. AIG is the event’s Premier Sponsor.

The all-day event aims to improve the skills, connections and confidence of undergraduates and to help them get ahead in their careers. It will include:

  • A keynote speech from Sandra Kerr OBE, National Campaign Director for Business in the Community’s Race Equality campaign,on the importance of diversity in the workplace
  • Two panel sessions during which you can showcase your firm’s role models and commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce
  • Structured networking with 250+ pre-screened Bright Network members
  • A CV Book with a copy of every attendee’s CV & full data ownership
  • An award ceremony

More than 250 pre-screened undergraduates will attend from the following groups:

  • Black heritage students
  • Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Women
  • First generation university students
  • Non-selective state-educated students
  • Disability

Each student has been assessed on the basis of academic attainment; home postcode data; Polar 3 Data; demonstration of extra-curricular activities beyond academia and right to work in the UK without sponsorship and/or a visa.

Click here to find out more about the conference.